“Baum continues to create a wonderful world that is fantastical in nature with this particular book. As we get further away from the book that was supposed to end it all (The Emerald City of Oz) we can see some of the joy returning to the writing of the series. He tells stories that entertain and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Baum continues to create a wonderful world that is fantastical in nature with this particular book. As we get further away from the book that was supposed to end it all (The Emerald City of Oz) we can see some of the joy returning to the writing of the series. He tells stories that entertain and he understands now that his audience wanted more of these stories. He seems to have a deeper respect for what he created with these books by this book than he has in the previous volume (The Patchwork Girl of Oz).
In this book he introduces Betsy Bobbins, who is another little girl like Dorothy from the US. This book sees her meeting some of the other characters from the previous books, but introducing a few other interesting characters along the way. Baum keeps the story simple and interesting while playing with his previous creations. A great part of this book is his reuse of his character of the Nome King. He is able to play on things he used in the other books and then build up something that makes total sense for everything that has come before. I really enjoy his world-building in this book. I am appreciating the writing aspects of his Oz series more than I am getting that "magical" feeling though for the series. ”
“I LOVE Tictoc!”Maeve O wrote this review Sunday, August 1, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“ Ann of Ogaboo puts together an army and tries to conquer Oz and the world.(It isn't really an army:4 genrals ,4 cornels,4 majors,4 captians and a private.) They get lost and end up out side of Oz.
Betsy and her mule, Hank have been ship-wrecked. They get washed a shore in the rose kingdom. There they meet the shaggy man and the rose princess who has been exiled from the rose kngdom. They go in search of the shaggy man's brother. They eventullay meet Anne and her army, The rainbow's daughter, Polychrome, and a copper man called Tik-Tok.”
“After the excellent Patchwork Girl of Oz, I can't help but feel like this book is a bit of a let-down. As with all of the Oz books, there is plenty of engaging characters and situations to keep one reading, but the book feels somewhat like filler.
The book introduces a Dorothy clone, Betsy, who finds her way to Oz in a similar manner to Dorothy. Plot-wise, the story once again puts the Nome King Ruggedo as antagonist, and throughout the 270 page length of the book it feels like Baum takes his sweet time to get anywhere in the story. No doubt his contractual obligation required him to fill a certain number of pages.
Interestingly, Tik-Tok may be featured in the title, but he seems like more of a minor character than anything else. This particular book was based upon one of Baum's musical plays, The Tik-Tok Man of Oz, which no doubt explains the title. Some of the book's humor, such as the Shaggy Man's running joke of "Don't ask me why..." to which other characters, of course, ask why seem more suited for the stage, too.
Overall, Tik-Tok of Oz is still a worthwhile and entertaining read, but it just doesn't hold up to the better Oz books. Nevertheless, I appreciate the introduction of some nifty new characters (like Quox the dragon) as well as the small appearance by Toto, which brought a pleasant surprise I didn't expect.”
“This volume was okay. I'm a little tired of female heroines, and the plot with Shaggy's brother was a little weak for such a big book. I did love the positions of the citizens of Oogaboo, but their adventure to conquer the world was rather boring. I loved the dragon and the city on the other side of the world - I wonder if Baum will ever go back to that palce in further volumes.
How did Betsy and Hank enter the land of Oz since it was enchanted not to let anyone in?”
“Oz book.”Michelle wrote this review Sunday, March 1, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““I believe this was my favorite of the 'Oz' books that we own. (All were gifts to my husband's father when he was a boy. The original art work is really quite wonderful.) I'd like to collect the rest of the series to complete our set, but my... they are expensive. In the meantime, the library will have to do...I hope.””Anne S wrote this review Monday, June 30, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No